News


05/01/2009

Heavy Rains and Temperatures Contribute to Increasing Mosquito Infestations

Arrow Exterminators urges homeowners to protect their properties from this unwelcome summer pest

Heavy rains and rising temperatures create a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and are contributing to a noticeable increase in the number of infestations in our area. In addition, mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities, especially in the South, as evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus this past summer.

Mosquitoes are one of summer’s best-known pests. They breed in small amounts of stagnant water such as storm drains, children’s wading pools, old tires and birdbaths. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in as little as 10 days. Once they are born, they are most active from dusk to dawn and will fly up to 14 miles for a meal. Female mosquitoes feed on human blood while male mosquitoes feed on plant nectars.

“When you have a mosquito problem, it can greatly impact the enjoyment of your outdoor living space, and more importantly, pose a health risk to your family,” said Shay Runion, Arrow pest expert. “By taking the necessary prevention steps and getting the help of experts with specialized training, you can rid your yard of these pests and safeguard your family to enjoy your property to the fullest.”

Arrow Exterminators offers these tips to prevent mosquitoes from interfering with the enjoyment of your property this spring and summer:

  • Replace all standing water at least once a week; this includes birdbaths, ponds and unfiltered pools.
  • Remove unneeded vegetation or trash from around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Screen windows, doors and other openings with mesh.
  • Avoid going outdoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin whenever or wherever mosquitoes are likely to bite.

Arrow controls mosquitoes using the STEPS™ Total Protection System, an industry-leading process that utilizes Integrated Pest Management. STEPS includes full inspection of home and property to pinpoint pest issues; identification of not only the pest, but the true cause of the problem; and treatment in the most environmentally responsible way to alleviate current issues and help prevent any future recurrence.

Arrow offers year-round protection from pests and allows you to use your outdoor living space again. Consumers interested in protecting their homes from mosquitoes this season can contact Arrow Exterminators for a free whole home evaluation at 1-888-462-7769.